The Rundown for May 31, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,258,547 and the nation’s death toll stands at 594,430, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the U.S. is approaching President Joe Biden’s vaccination goals. The CDC says 62.6 percent of U.S. adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 132,846,983 adults are fully vaccinated. Biden expressed hope that 70 percent of adults with at least one dose and 160 million fully vaccinated by July 4.

BIDEN REMEMBERS FALLEN… President Joe Biden marked his first Memorial Day weekend as commander in chief yesterday by honoring the nation’s sacrifices at an annual ceremony in New Castle, Delaware, not far from his Wilmington home. Biden remembered his veteran son, Beau, who died of brain cancer at age 46 and expressed the gratitude of a nation for the sacrifices of others. Biden is scheduled to attend today’s official Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery.

TEXAS HOUSE DEMS BLOCK VOTING RESTRICTIONS… There was a stunning development last night in the Texas state House of Representatives, where Democrats walked off the floor and left Republicans without the quorum they needed to approve a voter-suppression law before a midnight deadline. The Republican-led state Senate earlier yesterday approved the legislation, which would have restricted mail-in ballots and other forms of voting. Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who was prepared to sign the bill, instead announced on Twitter that he will call a special session to discuss election integrity.

2 DEAD, AT LEAST 20 INJURED IN MIAMI SHOOTING… A shooting outside a rap concert in Miami early yesterday left two people dead and 20 others injured. Miami-Dade Police Department director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez III said three people came out of an SUV with assault rifles and handguns and began shooting into the crowd standing outside a banquet hall rented for the concert. Police said three of the injured were in critical condition and there have been no arrests.

CREWS RECOVER ITEMS FROM PLANE CRASH… Dive teams near Nashville have begun to recover human remains and pieces of a small plane that crashed into Percy Priest Lake on Saturday. The crash killed all seven people aboard, including controversial Christian diet guru and church leader Gwen Shamblin Lara and her husband, actor Joe Lara. According to the Tennessean, Federal Aviation Administration documents indicate none of the people known to be aboard was a legally qualified pilot. The plane was traveling from Smyrna, Tennessee, to Palm Beach International Airport when it crashed and investigators believe mechanical failure played a role.

ENTERTAINMENT
MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT
… Gladys Knight, Vince Gill and Sara Bareilles were among performers in last night’s National Memorial Day Concert broadcast. Actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise hosted the pre-filmed show. Mickey Guyton performed the national anthem, and special tributes were paid to American nurses from the Vietnam War; the 20th anniversary of 9/11; and the 70th anniversary of the Korean War.

OLIVIA RODRIGO TOPS ALBUM CHART… Olivia Rodrigo’s debut release, “Sour,” sold 295,000 units to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Last week’s champ, J. Cole’s “The Off-Season,” slipped into second place after selling 92,000 copies. Twenty One Pilots’ “Scaled and Icy” opened at No. 3 on sales of 75,000 units. Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” remained in fourth place with 55,000 copies sold. Moneybagg Yo’s “A Gangsta’s Pain” dropped to spots to No. 5 with 49,000 units sold.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Colorado 4 – PITTSBURGH 3
… Charlie Blackmon tripled home a tying run in the top of the fourth inning, tied the game again with a ninth-inning RBI double and scored the decisive run on Matt Adams’ single to lead the Rockies past the Pirates.

Milwaukee 3 – WASHINGTON 0… Brandon Woodruff (4-2) pitched two-hit ball over seven innings in outdueling Max Scherzer (4-4) and two relievers completed the blanking of the Nationals. Avisail Garcia homered with a runner aboard in the top of the first inning and Omar Narvaez went deep in the ninth for the Brewers.

Cincinnati 5 – CHI CUBS 1… Tyler Naquin lifted a sacrifice fly to spark a three-run top of the first inning and added a run-scoring single as the Reds breezed past the Cubs. Eugenio Suárez homered to lead off the fourth. Tyler Mahle (4-2) allowed just one hit over five scoreless innings.

ARIZONA 9 – St. Louis 2… The Diamondbacks rolled past the Cardinals to end their 13-game losing streak. Ketel Marte smacked a game-tying solo homer in the bottom of the third innings and gave Arizona the lead for good with a two-run single in the fourth. Matt Peacock (2-1) gave up two runs on six hits over six innings.

San Francisco 5 – L.A. DODGERS 4… Mauricio Dubon hit a two-run homer and Austin Slater added a solo shot as the Giants jumped out to a 5-0 lead against Clayton Kershaw and held on to top the Dodgers. Kevin Gausman (6-0) held L.A. to two hits over six scoreless innings.

Atlanta – N.Y. METS (ppd)… Inclement weather in New York forced postponement of last night’s Braves-Mets game. It has been rescheduled for July 26. Mets have been rained out three times in five days and have had 11 games postponed this season.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
DETROIT 6 – N.Y. Yankees 2
… Rookie Tarik Skubal (2-7) limited the Yankees to three hits over six scoreless innings and the Tigers went on to finish off their first home sweep of the Yankees in 21 years. Nomar Mazara stroked a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning and Willi Castro cleared the bases with a third-inning double.

Toronto 4 – CLEVELAND 1 (7 innings)… Teoscar Hernández and Rowdy Tellez slugged solo homers in the fourth inning and the Blue Jays downed the Indians in the doubleheader opener. Ross Stripling (1-3) allowed a run on two hits over five innings.

CLEVELAND 6 – Toronto 5 (7 innings)… The Indians erased a four-run deficit with a four-run bottom of the sixth inning and scored twice more in the seventh to get upend the Blue Jays for a split of the twinbill. Jose Ramírez singled home a run and lifted a sacrifice fly to score Bradley Zimmer with the winning run. Amed Rosario also knocked in two runs for Cleveland.

CHI. WHITE SOX 3 – Baltimore 1… Lucas Giolito (5-4) gave up just a run on three hits over seven innings and struck out 12 as the White Sox dealt the Orioles their 13th straight loss. Billy Hamilton tied the game with a homer to lead off the bottom of the third inning. Nick Madrigal tripled home a go-ahead run in the seventh and scored on Yoan Moncada’s single.

Kansas City 6 – MINNESOTA 3… Hunter Dozier drove in a tying run with an infield grounder and homered with the bases empty in the ninth as the Royals doubled up on the Twins. Andrew Benintendi also knocked in two runs for Kansas City.

L.A. Angels 4 – OAKLAND 2…… David Fletcher doubled home a pair of runs on scored on Phil Gosselin’s single as the Angels scored all four runs in the top of the second inning and breezed past the Athletics. Jared Walsh sparked the uprising with a leadoff homer.

SEATTLE 4 – Texas 2… Yusei Kikuchi (3-3) took a shutout into the seventh inning and the Mariners handed the Rangers their 12th straight road loss. Kyle Seager hit a solo homer. Ty France knocked in three runs with a double and an infield single.

INTERLEAGUE
TAMPA BAY 6 – Philadelphia 2
… The Rays cruised past the Phillies for their 15th win in 16 games. Mike Zunino opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning. Brett Phillips also went deep.

HOUSTON 7 – San Diego 4… Kyle Tucker clubbed a three-run homer to cap a four-run bottom of the first inning and the Astros coasted past the Padres. Zack Greinke (5-2) surrendered a run on six hits over eight innings.

Miami – BOSTON (ppd)… Rain in Boston forced postponement of yesterday’s Marlins-Red Sox game. It has been rescheduled for June 7.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 2-0) is at Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 4-4)…
the Chi. Cubs (Trevor Williams, 3-2) host San Diego (Chris Paddack, 2-3)…
Washington (Joe Ross, 2-4) is at Atlanta (Max Fried, 2-2)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Trevor Bauer, 5-3) host St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 8-1)…
the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 3-2) are at Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 2-5)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 5-2) is at Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 1-6)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Jameson Taillon, 1-3) host Tampa Bay (Rich Hill, 3-2)…
the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 5-2; Jimmy Lambert, 0-0) are at Cleveland (Triston McKenzie, 1-3; TBA) for a doubleheader…
Houston (Jose Urquidy, 3-2) hosts Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 5-3)…
Oakland (James Kaprielian, 2-0) is at Seattle (Logan Gilbert, 0-2)

INTERLEAGUE
Detroit (TBA) is at Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 2-4)…
San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 3-1) hosts the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 0-5)…
Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 0-1) is at Kansas City (Mike Minor, 3-2)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
ATLANTA 113 – New York 96… The Hawks pulled away in the second half to put away the Knicks and take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. They got 27 points from Trae Young and 22 from John Collins. Clint Capela grabbed 15 rebounds to go with his 10 points. The series returns to New York for Game 5 tomorrow.

Phoenix 100 – L.A. LAKERS 92… The Suns fought off the Lakers to even their Western Conference first-round playoff series at a game apiece. Chris Paul scored 18 points to lead six players in double figures. Deandre Ayton pulled down 17 boards to go with his 14 points. Phoenix hosts Game 5 tomorrow.

Brooklyn 141 – BOSTON 126… The Nets were too much for the Celtics in extending their lead to 3-1 in the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Kevin Durant scored a game-high 42 points and Kyrie Irving added 39. James Harden scored 23 points and dished off 18 assists. Game 5 is tomorrow in Brooklyn.

L.A. Clippers 106 – DALLAS 81… The Clippers brought their West Division first-round playoff series with the Mavericks even at 2-2 with a blow-out victory. Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points and gathered 10 rebounds. Paul George tossed in 20 points. Game 5 is Wednesday in Los Angeles.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Washington for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series with the 76ers leading 3-0…
Memphis hosts Utah for Game 4 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series with the Jazz leading 2-1

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
Tampa Bay 2 – CAROLINA 1… Barclay Goodrow netted a go-ahead goal with 7:21 remaining and the Lightning held off the Hurricanes in the Central Division second-round playoff series opener. Brayden Point opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the second. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves. The series remains in Raleigh for Game 2 tomorrow.

COLORADO 7 – Vegas 1… Nathan Mackinnon and Gabriel Landeskog scored two goals apiece and the Avalanche rolled past the Golden Knights in a fight-filled opener of the West Division second-round playoff series. A total of 79 penalty minutes assessed on both teams, including four 10-minute misconduct calls in the third period and a match penalty on Vegas’ Ryan Reaves, who was also penalized for attempt-to-injure. Game 2 is Wednesday in Denver.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Montreal is at Toronto for Game 7 of the North Division first-round playoff series…
Boston hosts the N.Y. Islanders for Game 2 of the East Division second-round playoff series with the Bruins leading 1-0

CASTRONEVES WINS INDY FOR FOURTH TIME… 46-year-old Helio Castroneves won the Indianapolis 500 for the fourth time yesterday, becoming the fourth-oldest driver to win the event. His victory before 135,000 fans in attendance capped the largest sporting event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Castroneves passed 24-year-old Spaniard Alex Palou with two laps remaining and beat him to the finish lines by 0.4928 seconds.

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